Serendipity Beach
Serendipity Beach
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Garry von Billen
Phnom Penh, Cambodia15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
When leaving or arriving by boat you need to be careful, walking the plank aptly describes the event in rough conditions. Happy, helpful and friendly people are thin on the ground. Don't even think of going to the toilet located behind the bar. This activity is for professional thrill seekers only, with a burning desire to unload. I've crossed this off my bucket list now. I'd rather circumcise an angry Tasmanian devil, it's much safer.
Use the pier only when absolutely necessary.
Written February 18, 2020
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Chargrill
Brisbane, Australia61 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Before Serendipity Beach, you need to travel through Sihanoukville. Sihanoukville is a town under major development. In fact, I have never seen such expansive development. I tried to count the number of cranes on the horizon but lost count at 50. There must be over a 100 high rise constructions happening here all at once and that is no exaggeration. So think about the number of trucks, workers and deviation that might occur with this level of activity. Secondly, the Government (I assume) has worked out roads need to be wider and services improved to support this development, so every road I traveled, they were dust bowls under construction. Plus houses encroaching the roadway literally had their facades cut off. So hotel entrances were like a mind field full of pot holes and debris. The shops along the way the same, so I can only assume holiday makers would just stay in their hotels - I would've anyway. So after all the shock, bouncing around in the back of a motorbike taxi, with dust in your eyes, you arrive at Serendipity Beach. There are a few restaurants to the right which looked ok. We decided to travel to the left, a few restaurants along the way, but a lot of rubbish and flies. Many flies. We ended up having a few beers with a fan next to us to try and keep the flies away. Beach was ok. Would I travel there again? Probably not, but if so, not within the next 2 years, that's for sure.
Written January 2, 2020
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Alfa B
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
For the people who want to experience a nice old beach city, you can go to Kampot instead. Sihanoukville is becoming a modern city now. Koh Rong, Koh Rong Sanloem, Koh Songsa are still beautiful as hell tho.
Written May 9, 2021
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Stephane A
Sihanoukville, Cambodia154 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Serendipity beach is not the nicest beach in Sihanoukville but still worth a visit to spend some quality time along the rocky beach. The ferry terminal is close by, therefore make sure to seat as far as possible from it. Some restaurants are in vicinity.
Written January 25, 2020
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Nisha P
35 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Omg what is this place Sihanoukville. I booked 2 nights here and trying to cancel tomorrow, I wasn't expecting this at all.
The city looks like some war zone, half build buildings just lying around everywhere, dirty, smelly. Nothing much to do at all. Beach vibes are weird. Restaurants are mostly just closed. Even when they are open, people would just not properly respond you back. It's such a weird vibe.
I don't know what happened here, but this place is sad, sad, sad.

I can't wait to leave. I feel extremely uncomfortable here. I feel bad for the locals.
Written October 11, 2023
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John L
Glasgow, UK18 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
After staying in Siem Reap, I was utterly shocked to see this place. Overpriced taxi from the airport as no Grab drivers seemed to want to pick up. Overpriced Hotel at $50 per night and well passed its best. It has the feeling that the locals have given up. One large unfinished construction site, no coffee cafes or pubs as in Siem Ream or Phnom Penh. Dirty, and with Chinese signage everywhere it feels like you have left Cambodia. Be very aware of positive reviews. Not family suitable for young kids.
Written August 13, 2023
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Gene J
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Ok so Sihanoukville is now a Chinese armpit with torn up streets and unfinished construction but there are still a few nice places along serendipity beach. The beach itself was clean and the foliage at the sea shore is pleasant enough. That said it's little more than a stop over on the way to the Koh Rong and Koh Rong Saloen.
Written January 10, 2021
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Peter G
Carwoola, Australia58 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
I have been coming to Cambodia and Sihanoukville for 8 years. It has always been a little dirty but has always been fun. This trip was different than that of 12 months ago. The place has been invaded by Chinese. They were spiting everywhere , were rude, treated the Khmer’s like dogs and generally were a loud nuisance. They have also brought several casinos with them. A real shame. I will no longer come back given the attitudes of these people.
Written April 17, 2018
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Alessandra B
22 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
I have been coming to Cambodia every year since 2013 for holidays. It was my happy place.

It literally broke my heart to see the way Sihanoukville has been DESTROYED by the Chinese takeover.

Serendipity beach simply does not exist anymore.
The streets are literally unrecognizable.
I even took the wrong way when I was going back to Otres beach, as I could not recognise anything around me anymore.
It was so sad and devastating for me to see all this, that I have chosen not to come to Cambodia ever again.
Too painful.

Goodbye Sihanoukville.. Thank you for all the amazing moments you gave me..
Written November 27, 2018
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William W
Puyallup, WA43 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Avoid Sihanoukville, Serenditity beach, Independence beach, Otres Beach and Victory beach. Due to the invasion of Chinese building Casino's this once laid back destination has turned into what looks like a war zone. Dusty/mud filled streets, sewage running down the streets, flooding in the rainy season due to land being filled in to build casino's, potholed impassable roads, street fights and violence between different Chinese factions, traffic jams, Chinese take over of most hotels/guesthouses/bungalows so they can fill them with young Chinese internet gambling computer operators, and prices being driven up due to the Chinese invasion. Most expats have moved to other towns like Kampot or Phnom Penh. Off-shore islands due to also be taken over by Chinese companies. Some beach's being blocked off with access restricted to condo owners in condo buildings illegally built on beach's, even though Cambodian law says that beach's cannot be blocked off and buildings cannot be built next to beach's. Sihanoukville was once an inexpensive, safe vacation spot, but not any more.
Written August 2, 2018
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